Long story short, I let my hair grow, and didn't give it the care that it needed. This resulted in single-strand knots* all over my head. At first I tried to hunt them down with a little pair of scissors, but they were EVERYWHERE, so I decided to blow-dry my hair straight so that I could see exactly what I was dealing with, and snip off the offenders more easily.
|All that roughness in the back is DAMAGE.|
So I read Yelp reviews like crazy, found a few salons that I thought I might be able to trust, and called one. I hit the jackpot, y'all. The stylist didn't just "do" my hair, she "cared for" it. She got me in quickly, I wasn't in the salon all day, she didn't charge me an arm and a leg, conditioned it well, didn't take shortcuts, didn't cut off as much as I was sure she'd have to cut, didn't burn me (!), and didn't try to upsell me on expensive services that I didn't want anyway.
She hooked a sista up.
Yesterday I had my first audition of the year, and the first I can ever remember having with my hair straightened (though it was in a ponytail). I'll have to get new headshots now, of course, and I'm not making any declarations about whether I'll wear my hair straight forever or not (I seriously doubt it), but right now, the plan is to wear it straight, keep it healthy, and see how long it grows before it gets on my nerves again.
Because that WILL happen.
But I do love me a good bob haircut, so that will forever be an option.
*Single-strand knots (also called "fairy knots" because they are so tiny that it looks like they were tied by a fairy or somesuch) are tiny knots in a single strand of hair, and it happens most frequently in curly, fine, or dry hair. Here's more info on them, but basically, they catch on one another, cause tangles that look like a 405 Freeway traffic tie-up, and can leave you with a wretched, raggedy mess. Plus it's just not a barrel of fun to have KNOTS in your hair.